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Plan proposed for veterans monument

by Amy Alonzo
aalonzo@recordcourier.com

Deceased and living veterans may soon get recognition in Douglas County in the form of a monument.

Welcome All Veterans Everywhere (WAVE) is working with county commissioners on a plan for a veterans appreciation monument in front of the old courthouse, located at 1616 8th St. in Minden.

"It's my understanding there is no appreciation monument like this in the state of Nevada," said WAVE President Carl Schnock and a 1968-69 Vietnam veteran. "There are memorials, but there are no appreciation monuments."

The monument will be in appreciation, rather than in memorial "for those who died in service and those of us who are still alive," Schnock said. There are about 5,600 veterans in Douglas County, he said.

Schnock said he first approached county commissioners in October about constructing a monument on county property. Several commissioners responded positively, and WAVE moved forward with preliminary plans.

A Genoa-area mason was contacted, and an estimate of $32,000 was suggested as a cost for a granite monument.

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A site in front of the old courthouse was decided on because "everybody in the county at least once a year has to go to the courthouse for something," Schnock said. "We thought this would be more visual for county residents and visitors as well."

Although design plans are still in the preliminary stages, Schnock said the monument will include medallions representing each of the branches of service and two benches.

WAVE members and commissioners are still discussing the funding mechanisms for the monument. At one point it was suggested the county would provide a $15,000 grant requiring an equal match from WAVE.

Schnock estimates the project will take two to three months to complete and he hopes it will be finished by Veterans Day (Nov. 11).

The county will provide day-to-day maintenance of the monument, Community Services Director Scott Morgan said.

"I'm 100 percent behind it. I think it's a great idea," he said. "We trust they are going to do something spectacular with the monument."

IF YOU GO:

What: Douglas County Board of Commissioners

When: 1:30 p.m. Thursday

Where: 1616 8th St., Minden